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Hattiesburg, MS, United States
We are a really average family that just can't get over that we have been adopted by an extraordinary God! We are excited and expectant as the journey to enlarge our family unfolds before us.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

First, we just want to wish all our loved ones back home a happy Valentine's day. I bought Denise a Twix bar. Seriously, the chocolate here is very good, so if you have to be somewhere other than home...this is a good place to be.

I am happy to report that I am feeling better after a couple of days of amoxicillin. I am trying not to think about whether this antibiotic is for humans or horses, but it seems to be doing the trick. As my daddy used to say, "What the eyes don't see...the heart don't feel!" How true that is.

We had good day at the orphanage. N was glad to see us, and there were no signs of the aggressiveness that Denise saw yesterday. Maybe he was just having a bad day or maybe there is more to it. It's hard to say. One thing is for sure, he's pretty strong willed. I am sure we are going to have to have a pretty firm hand with him. We'll see. Today, we kicked the ball around until we kicked it flat. After the orphanage, we went to the local Ukrainian Wal-Mart and got a mini soccer ball to take tomorrow. It will be interesting to see how that goes. He's got another loose tooth. It's the last of his front teeth. When that one goes he'll have a complete hole in his front grill :). I hope it will hang in there until we get him so that we can do the whole tooth fairy thing. Over here, when teeth fall out, they "throw them to the mouse." I am not sure what the mouse does with them (Boy, that would make an interesting set of dentures!). If anyone has a clue about that tradition, we'd love to know more.

We'll that's about it for now. I'll try to post a few pictures here later. One in particular. Erick wants Dr. Kent to know that he is eating well and has taken a liking to Chicken Kiev. I'll post the evidence later.

Thanks for checking in on us. We miss you all, and can't wait to get home!




bdnp3827 said...

If an animal eats a lost baby tooth, the new teeth coming in will supposedly resemble that animal's such as a dog's tooth or pig's tooth. Letting the tooth be eaten by mice or rats will ensure that the child grows strong, sharp teeth (such folk rituals were recorded as late as 1929). People carried around an animal's tooth as a good luck charm – shark's teeth are worn on strings to this day.

So we have long traditions about the importance of proper tooth disposal, and of course equally ancient traditions about fairies. But the two didn't get together for quite a while. There's a tradition from 18th century France of a "tooth mouse," likely based on a fairy tale, La Bonne Petite Souris, in which a fairy changes into a mouse (or perhaps the other way around) to help the good queen defeat the evil king. The mouse hides under a pillow to taunt the king, and punishes him by knocking out all his teeth. Perhaps this was the origin of the tooth fairy, but no one knows for sure.


Terry and Shonda Holcomb said...

We are continually praying for you all. Glad to hear you are feeling better. N will be so lucky to have you all as his family. Love you all.
Terry & Shonda